October 23–30, 2021


17th Annual 
Sedona Plein Air Festival

Sedona Arts Center invites you along to be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a sublime and stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. The Arts Center dates back 63 years to the founding of Sedona’s identity as an ‘art colony.’ Our community’s iconic and wonderfully creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events!

Last year we celebrated the Year of the Woman at Sedona Arts Center, recognizing the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment. Due to Covid-19 we changed the format to a virtual Festival which led to unique work from diverse areas displayed in our online gallery.

This year the Festival is back in-person and embedded in a rich set of plein air workshop offerings. The Keynote Workshop with Michele Usibelli is scheduled during the Festival week, October 26 – 29, 2021 offering a chance to experience the festival work, and special events while studying with a master of the medium. (Michele’s Keynote address is on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm.) Surrounding the festival, plein air workshops are offered as well! Click here to learn about all of our plein air workshops.

At the conclusion of the festival week Keynote Speaker and Judge for this year’s Festival, Michele Usibelli, will present special awards. She will give her Keynote address on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 7:00 pm.

2021 Schedule of Events

The 17th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival takes place October 23-30, 2021.
Michelle Usibelli is our 2021 Sedona Plein Air Festival Keynote Speaker and Judge.

Saturday, October 23
Main Street Paint Out
Artists paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from Sedona Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café.
Sale and awards at the Arts Center at 3pm!

October 23 – 30
Throughout the week, artists will be integrating new work into the Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio. Paintings are available for sale to patrons all week long.

Sunday, October 24 through Tuesday, October 26
Artists Demonstrations at Sedona Arts Center TBA

Wednesday, October 27
Creekside Paint Out at L’Auberge de Sedona
10am to Noon
The public is invited to watch artists paint both still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks at this beautiful setting along Oak Creek. Awards and sale immediately following at L’Auberge de Sedona. Public Shuttle provided from Sedona Arts Center lower parking lot.
Awards at Noon.

Wednesday, October 27
7pm, Sedona Arts Center Theatre & Streaming Live Online
Open to the public. This year’s judge and Keynote Speaker, Michelle Usibelli, will give a digital presentation followed by a reception in our Special Exhibition Gallery.
This Keynote will be live-streamed on the Sedona Arts Center Facebook page.

Thursday, October 28
Paint Out at Sedona Heritage Museum
10am to Noon
The public is invited to watch artists paint period still-life, horse and buggy, the old barn and beautiful red rocks at the Sedona Heritage Museum! Awards at Noon.

Friday, October 29
Awards Night!
Held at Sedona Arts Center’s Special Exhibition Gallery and Theatre Studio in the Historic Art Barn. Fine wine, fine hors d’oeuvres and fine art. This is the big event. Artist’s awards are presented throughout the evening recognizing the best work created during the week including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Michelle Usibelli, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.

Saturday, October 30
Final Main Street Paint Out!
10am to Noon
Artists paint in Uptown Sedona on 89A from Sedona Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café. Join us for our final sale and awards at the Arts Center at noon – food truck and final sales available until 2pm.

Thank you to our sponsors...

Sedona’s Annual Celebration of Plein Air Painting is Generously Made Possible by:

2021 Plein Air Workshops at Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center is one of Northern Arizona’s most well-established cultural organizations and serves as the creative heart of Sedona. Founded in 1958, the nonprofit organization is based at the Art Barn in Uptown and offers year-round classes, exhibitions, festivals, and cultural events that enhance the creative life of the Verde Valley. 

Sedona residents and newcomers alike look to Sedona Arts Center for their introduction to, and ongoing involvement in the arts.

The School of the Arts programming is designed to reach out to all aspiring artists and students – all ages and levels of learning. Ongoing instruction is available in a variety of mediums while workshops offer specialized content in an intensive format from nationally-known faculty.

Sedona Arts Center offers a variety of workshops

Scholarship funds are available

for plein air festival workshops

15 Art Barn Rd, Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact Us

Phone : (928) 282-3809

Email : sac@sedonaartscenter.org

Our Hours

FRI-SUN 10:00am – 5:00pm